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Assisted living accommodation

What assisted living accommodation options are available?

If you or a family member has multiple physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities as a result of a transport accident, which makes it difficult to live independently, we can pay for assisted living accommodation in Australia.

Assisted living accommodation includes:

  • Shared supported accommodation (group home)
  • Supported residential services
  • Residential aged care

If you have enough support to live at home, we can also pay for short term stays in assisted accommodation, so that your carers can have a break. This is called respite care.

How can I access assisted living accommodation?

Your medical team will let us know that because of your severe injuries you may need assisted living accommodation.

We will work with you and your medical team to find a service that meets your needs.

Supported accommodation - choosing a service

Summary:

This information sheet provides advice for clients who the TAC has agreed to pay supported accommodation services. It explains the different supported accommodation options available and provides guidance on how to choose an arrangement that will best suit your specific needs.


Shared supported accommodations - your rights and responsibilities

Summary:

This information sheet sets out the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities when choosing and living in shared supported accommodation (i.e. houses that have paid carers to provide personal care, nursing, rehabilitation, meal and housekeeping services).


Assisted living accommodation

We’re here to help you get your life back on track after your transport accident. If you or a family member has multiple physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities as a result of a transport accident, which makes it difficult to live independently, we can pay for assisted living accommodation in Australia.

If you have enough support to live at home, we can also pay for short term stays in assisted accommodation, to allow your carers to have a break. This is called respite care.

How can assisted living accommodation help?

People with multiple physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities after an accident may find it too difficult to live independently in their own home or family home. Assisted living accommodation provides a home for them.

Assisted living accommodation includes:

  • Shared Supported Accommodation (group home).
  • Supported Residential Services.
  • Residential Aged Care.

How we approve these services

Assisted living accommodation

Your doctor, occupational therapist or treating team will let us know that because of your severe injuries you may need assisted living accommodation.

Your needs will be assessed to work out the level and type of assistance you need and the type of supported living arrangement you will require. We will work with your treating team to support you as much as possible.

Residential aged care

If residential aged care is needed, an assessment will be required by an Aged Care Assessment Team. If you need this type of care, appropriate aged care options will be given to you, and you and your family can choose the facility where you will live.

If you need help finding a residential aged care facility we can pay for an approved placement provider, case manager or occupational therapist to help you.

Following your move into supported living, we may contact your assisted living accommodation or treatment team to discuss your progress or request an assessment, to make sure that:

  • You have all the appropriate support you need.
  • You are getting proven, evidence-based treatment and not receiving treatment that isn't helping you recover.
  • You are moving towards getting your life back on track or being able to live independently.

How these services are paid for

We pay for these services:

  • Directly to your service provider, when you have provided them with your TAC claim number, or
  • If you have to pay, use myTAC to send us a copy of your receipt and we will repay you.

To get the best health outcome for you, we will only ever pay for:

  • Services that are conducted in a safe and effective manner by a properly qualified provider. This means that your treatment and supports need to be supported by clinical research. We require National Health and Medical Research Council Level 1 or 2 evidence that any proposed treatment or service will be safe and effective.
  • Services provided to you that demonstrate continued progress towards achieving your independence goals.

We pay for your services in line with our responsibilities under the Transport Accident Act 1986.

How much we will pay

The fees paid to assisted living accommodation facilities will vary depending upon the type of assisted living accommodation facility you need.

The three main types of accommodation are:

  • Supported residential services.
  • Shared supported accommodation.
  • Residential aged care facilities.

Supported residential services

These are privately owned facilities that are registered with the Department of Health and Human Services (Vic). They provide services that meet the criteria for their registration. We will pay in line with the residential and services agreement between us, you or your family member and the owner of the facility.

Shared supported accommodation

These facilities provide a 24 hour shared care model which includes personal care, nursing, rehabilitation, housekeeping, meals and laundry services. We pay the cost of the following, up to an agreed amount:

  • Daily fee
  • Daily accommodation payment (also known as the basic daily fee, daily care fee, daily living expenses)
  • Residential program establishment fee
  • Attendant care for support needs above the level of support provided under the 24-hour shared support. This attendant care needs to be approved by the TAC and based on clinical recommendations by a health professional. For example, if you need occasional one to one attendant care.

Under the Transport Accident Act 1986, from 18 months after your discharge from hospital you will be required to pay a daily contribution towards the cost of your daily accommodation payment. Your required contribution will be published in the TAC's Benefits Schedule, which is updated every year in July.

Residential aged care

We will directly pay the facility for the cost of the services and accommodation in line with the fees determined by the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services. An Aged Care Assessment Team will assess your needs in the facility and conduct an assessment that determines the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). This ACFI makes up the Residential Care Subsidy along with any care supplements that might be required.

The Commonwealth Government will also determine whether the Residential Care Subsidy is minimised by charging a means tested care fee based upon an assessment of your income and assets.  If it applies to you, we can pay this fee. To assess this, you may need to complete an income and assets test provided by Centrelink.

Under the Transport Accident Act 1986, from 18 months after your discharge from hospital you will be required to pay a daily contribution towards the cost of your daily accommodation payment. Your required contribution will be published in the TAC's Benefits Schedule, which is updated every year in July. We will pay part or all of this daily accommodation payment based on an income and asset test conducted by the Commonwealth Government.

We will pay all fees required for Residential Aged Care in line with the Schedule of Fees for Residential and Home Care. The services and care that you or your family member should receive in a Residential Aged Care facility should be aligned to those in Quality of Care Principles 2014.

What we won’t pay for

We can’t pay for services that:

  • Do not treat, or are not related to, your transport accident injuries.
  • Are not reasonable, necessary or appropriate.
  • Are not clinically justified, safe and effective.

We also can’t pay for incidental items that may be provided to you as part of your stay. This includes upgrading a standard room type and other services you might request where there is no clinical need for the request that relates to your transport accident injuries.

Under the Transport Accident Act 1986 we cannot pay the cost of any accommodation bond, interest that would have been earned on an accommodation bond or council rates associated with admission into, or continued living in, an assisted accommodation facility.

For providers

If you are a provider of assisted accommodation, see our TAC Provider Guidelines for circumstances in which you can provide services to our clients.

RIPL - Winner of the 2018 Victorian Disability Award for Excellence in promoting, health, housing and wellbeing.

The TAC is investing $95 million in the Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL) project to create purpose-built apartments and units across Victoria that are suitable for some of its most seriously injured clients.

About 5,000 Victorians are seriously injured in transport accidents each year. Of those, about 150 sustain serious spinal cord or acquired brain injuries.

A state-wide shortage of housing for some of its most seriously injured clients led the TAC to create RIPL to provide housing that allows people to regain choice, control and independence in their lives.

RIPL is designed around the principle that being dependent on others for everyday tasks is a major barrier to regaining quality of life following a debilitating injury.

By developing innovative, accessible housing, RIPL is assisting people to live full and independent lives.

Wholly owned by the TAC, RIPL is working to facilitate independent living by:

  • developing purpose built, highly accessible housing;
  • integrating assistive technology; and
  • enabling access to an innovative, client centred model of support that promotes independence.

Where are the RIPL Housing projects?

RIPL has completed five projects to date, which have created 27 individual client apartments and units.  These developments are located in Abbotsford (completed in 2013), Lilydale (completed in 2014), Glenroy (completed in 2016), Frankston (completed in 2016) and Wheelers Hill (completed in 2018).

RIPL is excited to now be proceeding with new developments in Glenroy, Geelong and Bendigo as well as exploring a number of new development opportunities.

Frankston independent living units video

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Who is suitable for RIPL Housing?

TAC clients who:

  • want to live independently in their own home;
  • have high support needs and require support to maximise their independence;
  • have capacity to and are willing to share some of their support;
  • can live in close proximity with neighbours (i.e. people with similar support requirements);
  • are committed to working with a support organisation to achieve maximum independence; and
  • are willing to use innovative assistive technology to assist them to live independently.

The TAC works with the client, their support network and their treating team to assess a potential client's suitability for this housing option.

RIPL resident and TAC client James shares his story

https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/video_file/0011/181838/Glenroy-RIPL.mp4 https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0003/181839/Glenroy-RIPL.png

How does RIPL design its developments?

RIPL developed its own design standards, as no single standard or combination of standards met the housing requirements of TAC clients.

All of RIPL’s homes incorporate assistive technology to maximise clients’ independence. A key feature of the assistive technology is that it is easily adaptable to meet the needs of a wide range of TAC clients.

The current version of the RIPL design brief is available for download via the links below.

Better Outcomes by Research

The TAC invests in research to evaluate the outcomes from each of RIPL's developments.  This research assists the TAC and RIPL to understand what we do well and what can be improved - always with the aim of assisting our clients to live fuller and more independent lives.

The links below provide more information.

RIPL's Corporate Plan

RIPL's Privacy Policy

Tell me more

For more information please contact the TAC Customer Service Centre on 1300 654 329 or speak directly with your TAC support coordinator.

Media Releases

For more information please see our media release page.


Take a virtual tour of the Abbotsford Units

https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/video_file/0016/56410/RIPL-Empty-Building.mp4 https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0017/115064/abbotsford.png

Hear from a resident

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Show video transcript

I love having my flat.

I'm just happy, because this
is a brand-new flat, though.

I've got one of my carers
five days during the week,

so there's always someone
to call on if I need someone there.

When we see Matthew
living independently, we just...

For both me and my husband, we just
feel so happy and proud for him,

because when I see him
in his own environment,

in his new apartment,

it's wonderful.

For Matthew to be able to get out
socially is terrific as well,

because he can go to the football,
he can go to concerts.

There's just so many
more opportunities for him

to do the things
that he really wants to do.

I go the gym three times a week.

Go out for lunch on every Saturday.

I go to the city or to
Victoria Gardens every Thursday.

The TAC has been
a really big lifesaver,

I guess, for us,

because Matthew's needs have
been so great since his accident.

There's so many more
opportunities for me down here.

I'm so lucky.

    Take a virtual tour of the Lilydale units

    https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/video_file/0004/115087/Tac-Ripl-Unit-Walkthrough-V2-1-web.mp4 https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0017/115091/lilydale-walthrough.png

    Hear from a resident

    https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/video_file/0005/115088/Tac-Ripl-Unit-web.mp4 https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0016/115090/lilydale-client.png